plural boatels
: a waterside hotel equipped with docks to accommodate persons traveling by boat
: a boat or ship with sleeping accommodations that is used as a hotel
Want a vacation from the helm but not keen on chain hotels? Relax aboard these floating boatels.Mary Kate Hogan, Boating, February 1998
A 50-foot houseboat, the boatel is meant for weekend groups but is available by the night in the off-season …John Morthland, Travel & Leisure, March 1997

Word History


blend of boat and hotel

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boatel was in 1949

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“Boatel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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